What to serve for dinner for ~18 people?
March 11, 2014 4:11 PM Subscribe
More people are coming than I expected.
posted by winterportage to Food & Drink (22 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I invited a bunch of people over to celebrate my birthday on Saturday. We're all in our twenties and people are often busy and / or flake out at the last minute. So my tactic was to invite way more people than I though would come. Now, 18 people are supposed to come.
I'm excited but slightly terrified about this prospect. I've never hosted that many people before and I'm not sure it's a good idea but I'm going ahead with it anyways. I'm going to have a couple cooking helpers that day so it's not totally unmanageable.
I'm not decided on what I'm going to make. I want to have a vegetarian main dish as well as a meat main dish. My friend suggested Turkey. I've never done that before but am willing to try. I don't mind splurging on this a bit.
I've recruited friends to bring wine and baguette and a cake so those things are covered.
Does anyone have recommendations for appetizers and main dishes that can easily be doubled to serve around 18 people?
I can follow any recipe but I'm not a super experienced chef. Most of my friends will not care and are just happy to get free food, but I want to serve something nice.
Also, any tips on how to minimize the stress of being a host, so that I can enjoy the evening